Podiatry Institute of Southern California
Albert A. Nejat, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatrist located in Culver City, CA
If you’re suffering from a dull ache, swelling or tenderness in a joint you depend on frequently, you may be experiencing tendinitis. Tendinitis can occur in almost any part of your body, especially any body part involved in frequent, repetitive motion. Your feet and legs are especially vulnerable, as they bear your full body weight and are often involved in repetitive motions like running. If tendinitis is slowing you down, visit the Podiatry Institute of Southern California today for an evaluation from Dr. Albert Nejat. Call the Culver City, California, office to make an appointment, or make one with the online scheduling tool.
Tendonitis Q & A
What is tendinitis?
Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes irritated or inflamed. Your tendons are the fibrous tissues that connect your muscles to your bones. When they become inflamed or irritated, they can cause pain or tenderness adjacent to the joint.
Tendinitis can occur in any of your joints, but it most often occurs in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, and heels. Some common types of tendinitis are known by names like:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Pitcher’s shoulder
- Swimmer’s shoulder
- Jumper’s knee
Dr. Nejat treats tendinitis occurring in the lower legs and feet, especially the heels and ankles. Tendinitis can vary in severity, but most cases are treated with rest and anti-inflammatory medication. In severe cases, the tendon can rupture, which may require surgery to fix. If you’re experiencing minor tendinitis, don’t run the risk of a severe and painful complication like a ruptured tendon; call Dr. Nejat’s office today.
What does tendinitis feel like?
Signs and symptoms of tendinitis occur at the point where the tendon connects to the bone, usually just next to a joint. They can include:
- Pain, specifically a dull ache near the joint that gets worse with motion and resistance
- Mild swelling
If your symptoms interfere with your daily life or linger for more than a few days, visit Dr. Nejat for an examination.
What causes tendinitis?
Tendinitis can be caused by a sudden injury, but it’s more likely to occur after prolonged repetitive movement over time. Many people whose jobs or hobbies involve repetitive motions develop tendinitis because of the excess stress that’s placed on their tendons. Improper technique during activities like running can place extra strain on the tendons as well, as can hyperpronation of your feet.
How is tendinitis treated?
Once tendinitis has occurred, it requires rest and time to heal. Symptoms are treated by icing the affected area and taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. Dr. Nejat provides stronger prescription anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroids in more severe cases.
Avoiding future injury is very important with tendinitis, and Dr. Nejat can help you learn how to protect and support vulnerable tendons when you exercise. By committing to a regimen of proper stretching and strengthening techniques, and using proper form during exercise, you can get back to the activities you enjoy without worrying about re-injury.
If you’re suffering from tendinitis, don’t let it get any worse or run the risk of a rupture. Call the Podiatry Institute of Southern California today or make an appointment online to learn how you can begin healing.